THE 2019 ROLLS-ROLLS-ROYCE CULLINAN IS HOME TO SOME FASCINATING ENGINEERING
The trunk says a lot about Rolls-Royce’s new SUV, the Cullinan. Inspired by the good old days when “one never travelled with ones luggage,” per Rolls, there’s a glass partition between the luggage compartment and passenger compartment. So you don’t have to listen to your stuff rattling around in the back as you waft along.
Rolls-Royce today is all about offering its customers the most luxury and comfort imaginable in its cars. Its method of doing so involves obsessive engineering and attention to detail. Any sort of disturbance while in a Rolls-Royce simply isn’t acceptable, even if it’s from luggage sitting in the back of the car.
I think that one example sums up Rolls-Royce’s approach with the Cullinan best, but this SUV features tons of really clever engineering and thinking.
The Cullinan’s most obvious rival, the Bentley Bentayga, rides on a platform shared with the Audi Q7 and Porsche Cayenne. There is no such platform sharing for the Cullinan—the platform underpinning BMW’s upcoming X7 SUV simply isn’t suitable for Rolls. Instead, it rides on a version of the all-aluminum spaceframe that debuted with the new Phantom.
This spaceframe, called The Architecture of Luxury, gives the Cullinan claimed best-in-class stiffness, and the weight savings from eschewing steel give Rolls-Royce freedom to use more heavy luxury stuff. Like sound deadening.